Knowing that this would an unusual week at food52, with Merrill getting married up in Maine last Saturday, we wanted to plan a fun detour with this week's contest. Since Amanda and Merrill both live in Brooklyn, we decided to each pair up with a local chef and have another face-off, like our rice pudding contest last December.
Merrill teamed up with chef Andrew Feinberg of Franny's, a Brooklyn landmark that's been setting the curve on seasonal, local cooking since it opened in 2004. And Amanda snagged Char No. 4's chef Matt Greco, whose Southern-influenced food and bourbon bar (clearly a man after her own heart) have garnered much praise since the restaurant opened in 2008.
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We asked these chefs for some amazing recipes for summer corn and they didn't disappoint. We hope you'll try out their dishes -- versatile, addictive zeppole and a summery corn and clam stew, with a dash of trademark bourbon -- and enjoy them as much as we did!